“Benin. The collection at the Weltkulturen Museum. Retrospective”
with the curators Julia Friedel and Audrey Peraldi
24 September 2023, 3pm

Objects from the Kingdom of Benin (Nigeria) occupy a central role in the debate on the restitution of cultural property. The collection of the Weltkulturen Museum also contains over fifty objects made of metal, wood and ivory from the Kingdom of Benin (Nigeria). When and under what circumstances did they enter the collection of what was then known as the Völkermuseum? A research project into provenance funded by the German Lost Art Foundation has been conducted at the Frankfurt museum in order to address these questions, exploring the complex ownership status behind these objects. The first of two exhibitions presents the objects of the collections gives an insight into the research.

Curators Julia Friedel and Audrey Peraldi take visitors on a tour around the exhibition, while explaining the provenance stories that are encapsulated within the objects on display.